Tuesday, July 31, 2012
posted by forrestrose @ 11:15 AM

make a wish and wish me luck
I'll let you string me along just to stay in knots
could we sweep away what we can't sleep off
and when will our dreams surpass the ticking clock

and the time's playing tricks on me
I can't find all the words to bleed
and my mind flies faster than the bullets
you continually shoot at me

one day I'll wake up and this will all be over with
I swore I would not ever feel this way, not ever again
I'll keep repeating all the words that I have never said
and everything that I neglect will just decay into sand

and all the words are lies
and the black won't shine in the light
and the fire won't burn if there's no way to ignite

we're wide and weary eyed
how long have we been sitting in the dark
how many times have we let our ears go blind

sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away
I'm on my way to where the air is sweet
and everything is A-OK

if it's not bad country music inspiring my songs, it's bad pop music.  I can't write a three chord song and NOT feel like I'm ripping off every song in the universe, but I will deal with the would-be plagiarism as I realize it.  I've intentionally sampled the sesame street theme here, which the nerd in me is very pleased with.  as far as unintentional goes, the "bullets" line may be a little to similar to "pumped up kicks" (as in "you better run, better run, faster than my bullet") but I'm too happy with the wordplay and flatliners reference ("these words are bullets") to change it.  this song is just choc-full of references and I don't know if I can even list them all.  many are coincidental, some are intentional.  mostly they are references to flatliners, less than jake, veruca salt, and rorie kelly songs, as well as my own.  my crazy brain is stuck on this notion of inter-connectedness that it can't seem to break free from.  what inspired this song was that I saw 11:11 on the clock and I was feeling hopeful at the time, so I made a wish, not because I believe the superstition, but it seemed like a fun thing/the right thing to do at the time.  you always hear "never tell what you wished for or it won't come true," but I'll be honest, I've only ever wished for happiness.  and I assume that's what everyone wishes for, if not happiness itself, then something that is an avenue to happiness, or even for the happiness of others.  I know that is probably short-sighted and telling of my mental state.  the line about "letting our ears go blind" is both about failing to really listen to another person, that whole idea of "waiting for your turn to speak," and also about failing to recognize that you're in a bad situation, or just failing to do anything about it.

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